There is a transition zone between northern and southern
turf regions, which follows the lower elevations of Virginia and North
Carolina west through West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas
and includes southern Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.
this transition zone, neither warm nor cool season grasses are uniformly
successful. However, several of the northern or cool season grasses, such as Kentucky
bluegrass and perennial ryegrass and tall
fescue, do well across Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia
and Missouri. Tall fescue
is the best choice in Tennessee, North Carolina, northern Georgia,
northern Alabama and the Texas panhandle. In the lower elevations
of these latter states warm season grasses do well too.